The 33rd annual Malcolm X Black Power “Shut Em Down!” Rally and March will take place on Friday, May 19, 2023. This yearly action commemorates and shows respect for the legacy of Malcolm X—El Hajj Malik El Shabazz—on the anniversary of his birth.

All businesses along the 125th Street main corridor in Harlem will shut down between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Demonstrators will assemble at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building at 12 p.m. in Harlem.

Malcolm taught us that Black people have a fundamental human right to self-determination. His lessons ring truer than ever in a Harlem whose  population makeup he would not recognize. As with many Black communities around the country, Harlem is being ethnically cleansed.

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“It is important that we gather on May 19 to show by our deeds that we have learned from and are guided by Malcolm’s teachings,” said December 12th Movement member Kamau Brown. “This is an especially important lesson for our youth, who are always amazed and inspired by the closing of the stores’ gates, and seeing that we can exercise some control over our community. The same discipline and unity that makes the shutdown work is the same discipline and unity necessary for our community to fight for and obtain reparations on one hand—and ‘Stop the Killing,’ in our streets on the other.

“Our peoples’ unrelenting resistance has kept us alive and fighting back through the years. We will never give up. We have learned from our ancestors that our war is against poverty, economic terrorism, and police brutality. Our fight is for quality healthcare [and] housing, and against cultural genocide. A struggle for human rights and against capitalist greed. We are revitalized through action and purpose when we study our history, and fearlessly step forward and fight for our human rights,” Brown concluded.For more information, contact the Malcolm X New Millennium Committee and the December 12th Movement at 718-398-1766 or

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